Enron Exec Richard Causey Heads to Prison
Richard Causey is the last of 16 executives from Enron to plead guilty to crimes related to the collapse of the energy trading firm. And for his role in the commission of those crimes Causey was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison. Causey was the chief accounting officer for Enron.
More than 5,000 jobs and $1 billion in employee pensions were wiped out when Enron collapsed. Investors are suing to recover more than $30 billion.
I don’t think they’ll come even close to getting that money back, but hey at least it will keep the attorneys employed for the next several years.
Causey was assigned to the prison he requested. Bastrop is three hours from his home in Houston, where Enron was based, and 30 miles from Austin, where the oldest of his three children attends college.
The Bastrop prison has a low-security section, surrounded by a razor-wire-topped double fence, and an unfenced minimum-security camp. Authorities would not say which one Causey is assigned to. With time off for good behavior, he can expect to serve four years and nine months.
Causey will be assigned a job such as groundskeeping or kitchen work, paying 12 to 40 cents an hour. He can apply for a job that pays 23 cents to $1.15 an hour in a prison factory that retrofits vehicles for the government, said Michael Truman, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
I find it rather ironic that Causey will be working for such small amounts considering the financial damage he has done and the lives he has ruined. He did forfeit $1.25 million in illegal gains from working at Enron. Seems rather paltry considering the impact of what he and the other Enron executives did.